TEFL Heaven Internships Thailand

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TEFL Heaven in the UK and Thailand provide the very popular TEFL Heaven Internships Thailand Program.

Starting with TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) training in a paradise location and ending with a fully salaried TEFL job in Thailand, it's no wonder that more than 120 candidates train and teach on this program.

We have trained over 600 candidates in 5 years on this program, with a maximum of 24 candidates per training session. With many trainees around the same age (in their twenties or early thirties) on one course it means making friends is easy. We train teachers every 6 months in the months of April and September each year, just before the start of each term.

Teaching placements last one school term of around 5 months, making in the whole about 6 months of the program. If you want to stay longer, just renew your contract with the school. See out website for more details.

Once you have completed your training you will then go straight to your paid teaching role where you will be earning between 25-30,000 THB providing you with a very comfortable lifestyle that will enable you to travel, explore and see the very best of Thailand and it's surrounding countries.

Training + Certification + Full Support + Guaranteed Paid Job - Sounds like heaven?

Questions & Answers

With TEFL Heaven, Asia teachers are required to be from the age of 20 - 55 years old. In Latin America and Europe you would be required to be between the ages of 18 and 65.
Yes. It says on the website: FOR THOSE WITHOUT A BACHELORS DEGREE If you do not have a bachelors degree you can receive a guaranteed paid teaching job on this program: PUERTO VALLARTA & PAID JOB MEXICO If you have not yet acquired your bachelors degree yet, but are still studying, you are also eligible for the guaranteed paid teaching job, as long as you get your degree certificate sent to you...

Reviews

94%
based on 63 reviews
  • Benefits 8.8
  • Support 9.2
  • Fun 8.6
  • Facilities 9.1
  • Safety 9.4
  • Instruction 9.2
  • Support 9.5
  • Value 9.1
  • Difficulty 6.7
  • Job Assistance 9.6
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Aimee
10/10

Best decision of my life!!

I came to thailand as a Social Care Worker with no prior experience of teaching and I am now currently teaching Kindergarden, primary classes while also tutoring police cadets all thanks to TEFL Heaven. This time last year I never would have thought I would be a foreign teacher. I love every minute of being over here. The ideas and skills I have taken from my TEFL heaven course are invaluable and I would highly recommend it to anyone who is thinking about taking the big scary step of joining this ever growing family of TEFLers over in Thailand. Yes it is daunting and scary but once you walk into the TEFL classroom all that instantly fades away. I had the best time with the most amazing people (trainers and trainees) who I never would have crossed paths with if it wasn't for this. I wouldn't change it for the world!! #SamuiCrewie

How can this program be improved?
More opportunities to teach in schools/camps. I definitely learned more when it was with the children and not 'acting or preforming' in front of friends. Also more time spent on higher classes like higher P and M
Yes, I recommend
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Mary
10/10

Best decision ever!!

Tefl heaven is the way to go!! It was the best decision I have ever made! I was nervous at first as I wasn't a teacher but I am so happy I choosed this programme!! I trained in Koh Samui and met absolutely wonderful people..friends for life! Not only was I lucky to have an amazing group my trainer and assistant trainers were the best!! Anyone wondering about travelling and may not have enough money this course is ideal! You get to work and travel at the same time! The cost of living over here is cheap and you can do so much with your money! The programme is thought in a classroom to give you great experience of what it is like to be in class again. You are also brought to an English camp so you get the feel for teaching while you are still learning. I have just finished my first week teaching in a primary school and I absolutely love it! I would recommend everyone to do the tefl heaven programme as the guys and girls there are always there for you, even after the course they still want to keep in contact with you so you never really are alone! They give you assistance with everything so you are never really alone! Mike and the team are always available to take your call/email. So apply now to be part of the next tefl heaven group - they have many locations which are filled very quickly so go now apply for the most life changing experience you will ever have! P.S. Bring loads of sun cream!!!

Yes, I recommend
Colleen
8/10

A course that changed my life!

I was fortunate enough to win the TEFL Heaven competition, but that in no way influences my view on this company. I hands down would recommend this course to anyone looking to become TEFL qualified. I also do not exaggerate when I say this course changed my life. I had not long graduated and was living in London unemployed, work availability is low in London and not paid well, making my time there as a graduate near impossible and a miserable one. However I was fortunate enough to win this competition, which I feel is a miracle. I was stuck in a rut with no idea what my career choice was, because I knew my major was not something I wanted to pursue. This course enabled me to build friendships with the most incredible people not to mention it also increased my confidence, I experienced the most amazing and fun filled time in Thailand and the bonus was, I found my calling in life! I am now a TEFL teacher in Korea and what I love about my job is not only do I get to have fun teaching children 5 days a week, I have the opportunity to travel which would never have been possible without this qualification.

The course itself was set in a fantastic location (I was based in Krabi) the staff looked after us well and ensured our safety, the staff they employed were suited for the job and of course were knowledgeable and supportive. I am forever grateful for having such amazing trainers, they were not just trainers but also great friends. The English camp was so much fun and honestly not one day goes by when I don't miss the duration of the course, there were challenges along the way and I felt tested at times, but the positives by far outweigh the negatives. Also, Mike is a great point of contact, he does listen to your messages and will respond promptly.

That's just a few of the many pros of my experience and I did have one con which I feel is not directly the fault of TEFL Heaven but the agency who finally took me on board for my placement, to put it nicely they were not someone I enjoyed working for and I felt I had a terrible time working at the school I was placed at. However, Mike was only too happy to help and offered to place me somewhere else. If I had not sought work myself I would have gladly accepted his offer. So even when you feel like you are a having a difficult time at your school or your placement agency, be rest assured Mike or other TEFL Heaven staff are only a phone call, email or a message away. You are not alone and they are willing to offer you advice and assistance if required.

Thank you TEFL Heaven for helping me find myself! All the best!

How can this program be improved?
The internet connection at the resort we stayed at really wasn't the best, but I feel most of Thailand's internet connection isn't that great.
Yes, I recommend
Christine
9/10

TEFL Heaven- an excellent springboard to overseas opportunities

Enrolling in the TEFL Heaven Internships Thailand course was the best decision I could've made post-graduation. It gave me the opportunity to explore my career interests in a safe environment. It also opened my eyes to the plentiful options that exist for overseas employment. Although I decided that I didn't want to pursue a career in teaching upon returning to the U.S., I did figure out that I wanted to work within the field of International Education in an administrative capacity. The experience that TEFL Heaven cultivated abroad has since led me to pursue a Master's degree in International Education.

How can this program be improved?
The on-site staff could be more transparent about the cultural shock that may be experienced if a teacher moves to a town where there are no other foreigners. I think that in the excitement of placement, teachers overlook this factor, settle in at their schools, and later feel isolated. Although this is a natural reaction to the challenges of cultural immersion, I think that it should still be addressed in a pre-departure session hosted by TEFL Heaven on intercultural communication and health/wellness abroad.
Yes, I recommend
Nicola
9/10

I'm so glad I did TEFL Heaven :)

I really loved my experience with TEFL Heaven, I met so many amazing friends and we had a lot of fun on the course! We stayed in a lovely room on Koh Lipe and were taught in a classroom with views of the beach (which was a bit heartbreaking when sitting in the classroom haha), lunch breaks were amazing though! TEFL Heaven were really nice at trying to place us in schools near out friends too :). After 4 years I'm still teaching in Thailand, I've also started making videos about my life here you can check out my youtube channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/teachercola

How can this program be improved?
More beach time? :)
Yes, I recommend
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Bethany
10/10

TEFL Heaven Koh Samui

After many hours spent looking up which TEFL organization to work with in Thailand, I can confidently say that choosing TEFL Heaven was the best decision I've ever made. As I'm sure many people are when they are preparing to move to another country where they don't know a single soul, I was nervous (and extremely cautious) throughout the whole process, and, from the first moment I received my acceptance, TEFL Heaven's staff made those nerves go away. They genuinely care about their participants and will go out of their way to help anyone who has any issues. If you are worried about having a support system here in Thailand, know that if you choose TEFL Heaven you will have SO many great people looking out for you, and you will never feel like you're on your own.

Regarding the TEFL course itself, my three weeks in Koh Samui were some of the best of my life. The trainers are amazing, and the course made me feel well-prepared to walk into a classroom on my first day of school. Though we had class 5 days a week, we still found plenty of time to have fun and explore the beautiful island (as well as some of the surrounding ones!) I also met some of the best people in the world who I know will be friends (and travel companions) for life. I've met many people who did online courses back home to save money, and they all said that they wish they had done a course like this one.

If you're debating whether to take the leap and come to Thailand, my advice is DO IT. You will not regret it for a moment, especially if you choose to go through TEFL Heaven :)

Yes, I recommend
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Steffi
9/10

Koh Samui October 2015

I recently completed my tefl heaven course in Samui and to sum it up in one word I would say AMAZING.
The trainers have a huge amount of knowledge and experience which helps to give you the tools you need to become a tefl teacher. Yes, it's intense, AND yes, there is assignments, which at the time, it's not what you want to be doing (ideally you'd like to be at the beach, of course), but they really do help! It also gives you hands on experience which i would say was the most beneficial.
The friends you meet are friends for life, and everyone is there to support one another.
I can not think of a better way that I would of liked to get my tefl qualification, and Thailand is so much fun!

Yes, I recommend
Katara
10/10

TEFL HEAVEN

TEFL Heaven was a wonderful course to go through to get certified to teach abroad. The course was intensive and thorough and provided us a wealth of tools and knowledge we would need to teach English. Even if you have absolutely no teaching experience, which many of the trainees on my course did not, TEFL Heaven gives you everything you need to feel prepared and confident when you enter your teaching position. The trainers were super knowledgable, engaging, and warm. They made it very fun while also providing us with so many resources that proved to be highly applicable in our teaching positions. Beyond training us to teach, they also trained us on how to live in Thailand, always offering inside tips and tricks which proved to be so helpful as we all became adjusted to the new culture and lifestyle. Another huge bonus of the course were the Thai lessons. It was so great to get a head start on some of the aspects of Thai language and culture before going to our placements. Aside from a very well-designed course and expert trainers, we trained on an island in a paradise location! What's better than that?! After trainings, we would all spend time together socially, having dinner or drinks or going on super fun excursions! You really do form strong bonds with the people on your course, which is so wonderful to have when it's all said and done. Most likely, everyone gets spread out across Thailand after the training, but that just means you have lots of different places to visit on the weekends and holidays! Mike and his team are lovely, honest people and they have continued to help and support TEFL Heaven alum long after the course has ended. It is worth the money, it will change your life, and I would highly recommend this TEFL program above any other!

How can this program be improved?
Thanks for everything TEFL Heaven- I love you guys!
Yes, I recommend
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Lindsey
10/10

Koh samui

Such a good experience! If your reading this then you are clearly tempted just don't think about it and just do it. I'm so happy I did this met some really good people who I am still in contact with and the experience is amazing you teach children make a difference and in your free time go and explore.

Is a very sociable course getting everyone working together. The course is made fun making you learn at a fast rate. Tutors were amazing in teaching techniques and providing information that will help your own teaching.

How can this program be improved?
No problems with course or content or the tutors. Overall experienxe was 10/10
Yes, I recommend
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Ruth
10/10

TEFL Krabi

The Krabi programme was fantastic and well organised and the place its self was absolutely fantastic. The course was so much fun and you will make friends that you will keep throughout your time in Thailand.

I stayed in my school for 6 months and I was placed in Anubarn Lopburi. My school day started at 7.45 and finished at 5.30, even though this seems like a long day half of the day was made up for teaching and the other half for preparation and marking. This meant that I never had any work to do outside of the school gates which for a teacher is practically unheard of. I started my day preparing students for various competitions which the rest of the school attend assembly then at 8.00 the school day started. Each teacher is given a form room and through out the semester you will get to know these students very well. My school was a mini english programme and I taught P4-6 and extra curricular lessons to P1-2. The school year much like the UK has special events such as sports day and christmas show which I helped the pupils prepare for, which was such a good experience.

My province Lopburi was 2 and a half hours from Bangkok and is well known for its monkey temple and sunflower fields. It was a fantastic place to live and after a while you really felt a part of the community.

I really enjoyed my time in Thailand both the teaching and the TEFL course and would encourage anyone to take part in this programme.

How can this program be improved?
This programme was fantastic and so much fun and it is suited for the TEFL inspired classroom. However I was placed in a more academic classroom in which I could have used a session on how to teach in this style of classroom.

Also more background information about the teaching style and what the school expects from you would be a handy bit of information to have before entering the classroom.
Yes, I recommend
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Jenna
9/10

TEFL Heaven Koh Chang 2014

I trained with TEFL Heaven in Koh Chang April 2014. I was well prepared by ETA as to what to do, bring and expect. I was lucky enough to be already placed and have my visa before I left New Zealand. Most people were not but that is all part of the experience and everyone got sorted in the end.

Ko Chang is a beautiful place with heaps to see and do. The accommodation was in a great location and was fine as long as you don't mind ants and lizards...if you do mind ants and lizards then don't come to Thailand. The course was hands on and practical with a little bit of theory and prepares you as well as you can be prepared to go into a Thai classroom. Our trainers were amazing and gave us so much encouragement, support and vital resources. They really went above and beyond and from what I have heard most TEFL Heaven trainers seem to be like that.

I was placed with Echo English in a fantastic school that was really organised and really cared about children's learning. To some extent this seemed the exception not the rule but it is all part of the experience. Anyone who gave teaching and adapting to a new culture their best shot and had realistic expectations had an absolute blast and a life changing experience.

As long as you are realistic, flexible and openminded you will have an incredible experience you won't forget in a hurry. TEFL Heaven is a good choice for a training provider because the course is face to face, you meet some lovely people, get eased into living a new culture in a fun and social way, they deal with a lot of the red tape and have a point of contact thought your time in Thailand.

How can this program be improved?
The accommodation on my TEFL course had a few minor issues.
Yes, I recommend
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David
10/10

What a job!

I'm now 5 weeks into my first teaching job, and it's flown by.The 3 week training course was fun and informative, and really gave me confidence that I could be a successful teacher. Not to mention it took place in a paradise location, Krabi, surrounded by loads of lovely like-minded people! The trainers were fantastic too - I'm still friends with everyone now and we meet up every weekend.

In terms of my placement, I was lucky enough to get pretty much exactly what I wanted (teaching primary in Bangkok). That's not to say that everyone is so lucky, but I certainly have no complaints. Since finishing the training course, the experience teaching abroad team are still on hand to answer any queries that I have. One of the guys trained alongside us on Krabi and now works for them in the office, so I know I can always call him or any of the other staff there with any questions - they are very helpful.

Doing an internship has definitely been the right choice for me - not only did I get my qualification and a guaranteed job, but I've also met a great group of friends to enjoy Thailand with!

How can this program be improved?
The only thing I would suggest is a little bit more time spent on teaching classroom/behaviour management techniques - although this is something that you pick up fairly quickly when you start teaching
Yes, I recommend
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Taylor
9/10

A course to be reckoned with

The TEFL Heaven course has provided me with some excellent experiences and knowledge which I have been able to take away and use in my school - Yothinburana EP.
Most importantly, this course enables you to meet a number of like-minded people, all of whom are in the same boat. Meeting these friends is invaluable, and has made my experience in Thailand a whole lot easier and more enjoyable.

The course itself is well organised and provides its trainees with the chance to go from knowing next to nothing about teaching English in Thailand, to being fully prepared for the world of a Farang (foreigner) teacher.
One thing I have experienced, though, is that the TEFL Heaven course was largely based on teaching younger students in Thailand, i.e: Prathom (Primary School). This means that the course is perfect for those trainees who eventually are placed into a Prathom environment, but can be slightly frustrating for those trainees who are placed in a Mathayom (Secondary School, ages 13-18).
Personally, having been placed into a Mathayom English Programme and teaching 16-18 year olds, I have found it very difficult to plan appropriate lessons for the students with the knowledge I had acquired from the TEFL Heaven course.

Having said that, the course itself is, on the whole, very useful to anybody who wishes to teach in Thailand. It offers a post-graduate a very unique TEFL course. Unlike a number of other TEFL courses, TEFL Heaven provides its trainees with a guaranteed job offer, and sets out a clear contract for the trainees too.

I would recommend the course for sure, particularly to post-graduates who, like myself, were not sure exactly what they wanted to do after their time at University.

How can this program be improved?
This program could be improved by the company placing all of the trainees into their schools before the course has started, or at least within the first week. In doing this, the TEFL Heaven trainers would be able to tailor the training in a way which fully prepares the trainees for the school environment they will be teaching in. For example, teachers who will be teaching advanced level Mathayom students would then be able to learn more in depth information regarding the lesson planning process and other such things, rather than focussing too much on teaching through the use of flashcards or singing songs etc.
Yes, I recommend
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Gemma
8/10

TEFL Heaven - Heaven by name, heaven by nature

I signed up to do TEFL Heaven because I wanted the security of being able to learn TEFL in an interactive and social way. It was a great decision.

The trainers were very knowledgeable and amazing to have around and the other people on the course were so lovely. We have an amazing network of support for when we need it, and lots of hook ups all over Thailand.

I wanted to challenge myself and make lots of new friends along the way. TEFL Heaven has enabled me to do that.

The 3 weeks training were some of the best of my life and I wish I could do it all again :D

How can this program be improved?
The course could be better geared to the teaching environment you may find yourself in e.g. teaching older students and having to create a curriculum.
Yes, I recommend
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Jaclyn
8/10

Had a very good time

I really enjoyed the TEFL course and all of the games modeled throughout the training. One of the best parts of the course was the English Camp. Even though I have taught before, I found that I was quite nervous to teach in front of these little Thai children! However they nervousness slowly dissipated as we began playing games and just having fun with the children. I found that the English camp was a really useful way for all of us to get comfortable and acquainted with the Thai kids. I do wish that there had been a bit more of a focus on classroom management in regards to aneban in particular as that is something I am struggling with a bit now.

How can this program be improved?
Although I was happy with the amount of emphasis placed on teaching primary school, I feel that there needs to be a more conscious effort to also focus the TEFL course just as heavily on aneban and mathium.
I think there should me more lessons on adapting lesson plans to suit higher and lower levels. Also, I think it would have been helpful for the Thai culture xlass to have been in the beginning of the course rather than towards the end.
Yes, I recommend

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Since 2007 TEFL Heaven (formerly Experience Teaching Abroad) has assisted university graduates and non-graduates to secure quality teaching placements abroad. We pride ourselves on being a fun and personable company who like to actively engage with...